Saturday, January 31, 2015

Favorites Giveaway Hop

Hello Troglodytes! I know I have been inactive lately. I have been under the weather. So, to make up for it, I joined the FAVORITES GIVEAWAY HOP, which is hosted by Stuck In Books.

I will try to post as many favorite books as possible. These books are rated 4-5 stars on my Goodreads account. You can choose ONE of my favorite books if you win. This giveaway is open to international readers and not just from the US. If you do have questions, please free to contact me or check the giveaway policy.

My favorites are listed below. You can click on the book cover to be redirected to my Goodreads review. These are some of my favorites since 2012. Most of them are contemporaries but there are also fantasy themed books.

AGAIN, this is open to everyone as long as ships to you.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blog Tour: THE SHAM by Ellen Allen

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Thriller
Release Date: September 7th, 2014

When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.

Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.

Add to your Goodreads list!

The author is giving away (1) $5 Amazon Gift Card 
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About Ellen Allen:
In a previous life, Ellen Allen was an Associate Director in a small consultancy firm (focusing on Sustainable Development and Climate Change) running research projects and writing client reports. She doesn’t find fiction writing too dissimilar in process but she gets to use her imagination considerably more! She now lives in the south of France with her small daughter.


Big thanks to Irresistible Reads Tours for making the blog tour possible.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #17: Seriously Wicked by Tina Conolly + Shutter by Courtney Alameda
 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spinewhich spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!


Genre/s: Young Adult - Paranormal. Fantasy
Expected Release Date: May 5th 2015 by Tor Teen
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?

Add SERIOUSLY WICKED to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!
Pre-order SERIOUSLY WICKED via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


I added this book to my TBR shelf [on Goodreads] last year because I think the cover looks cute. Seriously Wicked sounds like a fun paranormal novel to me. The synopsis is very interesting, out of all paranormal beings, I'm more drawn to witches. I'm really looking forward to read this book! 


Genre/s: Young Adult - Horror
Expected Release Date: February 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends 
Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Add SHUTTER to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!
Pre-order SHUTTER via Amazon
or Barnes and Noble

Shutter's Goodreads page is filled with positive reviews. Mostly, the reviews indicate that it's recommended to fans of the TV show SUPERNATURAL. How can I say no to this? Besides, I have been wanting to read something scary. The cover itself scares the bejeezus out of me. SHUTTER WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK!

What book(s) are you eagerly anticipating? Let us know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

18 Thoughts by Jamie Ayres (Launch & Giveaway!)

18 Thoughts Launch & Giveaway! 

Troglodytes, I am honored to have Jamie Ayres, author of My So-Called Afterlife trilogy here on C&K. Please give her a warm welcome!

Greetings, fellow book nerds! I’m YA author Jamie Ayres, and I’m sooo excited to announce that 18 Thoughts, the final book in the My So-Called Afterlife trilogy, is finally available from Curiosity Quills Press! Toss the virtual confetti, because it’s been three years in the making (and virtual confetti is a lot less messier). 

If you haven't heard of this series yet, here's the cliffnotes summary of each book: 

18 Things: Olga Gay Worontzoff struggles to live again after a lightning strike kills the best friend she was secretly in love with. Her therapist suggests she write a life list of eighteen things to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday, sending her and her friends, including the new hottie in town, on an unexpected journey they’ll never forget. But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken. 

18 Truths: With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga spends her summer in the Underworld and embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.  

18 Thoughts: Olga Gay Worontzoff left the Underworld anxious to return to normal, but fate had other plans; now she’s caught in a world that’s a mix of familiar and supernatural, torn between past and present.  

What do others have to say about the series?  
"A surprising paranormal tale that explores deep questions concerning love, faith, and friendship that will absolutely resonate with teens." ~Amy Christine Parker, Critically Acclaimed Author of Gated and Astray 

"A haunting tale that had me smiling one moment and on the brink of tears the next." -Heather Burch, Critically Acclaimed Author of the Halflings Series and One Lavender Ribbon

"A touching story that will make you cherish each day and the ones you love." -Jaime Rush, New York Times bestselling author of the Hidden Series

"Warning: These characters will move right into your heart, rearrange all the furniture, and never, ever leave. 18 Thoughts will become a part of you--prepare to be changed." -Teshelle Combs, Amazon Best-Selling Author of the Core Series

"A twisty conclusion to a spiritually charged trilogy that will grip you from book one." -Eliza Tilton, YA Author of the Daath Chronicles

"An emotional journey readers won't soon forget--will have readers making their own bucket lists." -Marisa Cleveland, Author of the South Beach Series, Pushed, and The Valentine Challenge

"An achingly beautiful story of life, loss and hope... a triumph." -J. Keller Ford, Author of Dragon Flight and The Amulet of Ormisez

Young Adult - Contemporary
Publication date: January 27th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
PURCHASE: Amazon • Barnes and Noble

Olga Gay Worontzoff left the Underworld for her final year of high school anxious for things to return to normal, but fate has other plans.

The new hottie at school reads her thoughts but nobody else’s. Her best friend wakes up from his coma acting like a completely different person. Caught in a world that’s a mix of familiar and supernatural, she must confront what she will—or won’t—do to bring him back and stare down her own perceived inadequacies to face a couple of tenacious demons, figurative and literal.

Everything she thought she knew about reality will change as she walks the line between past and present, fear and faith, love and loyalty.

And by the end of a heartbreaking year, she might be forced to realize “normal” in the conventional sense of the word is the one thing she may never achieve.

PURCHASE: 18 Thoughts (Book 3) on Amazon 
PURCHASE: 18 Things (Book 1) on Amazon (Free from Jan. 25-27th!) 
PURCHASE: 18 Truths (Book 2) on Amazon (Special $2.99 price through Jan. 27th!)

Add 18 THOUGHTS to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!

To celebrate Jamie Ayres' book birthday, she's offering a huge swag bag valued at $115 to one lucky winner! Just enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!

The giveaway is open internationally -- anyone can join! Good luck and happy reading! 

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Amazon bestselling author Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as an English teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. She has been praised for featuring strong, appealing heroines and plot twists readers never saw coming. Visit for more information or to simply share your thoughts with her.

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Troglodyte forever,

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Troglodytes Approve 3: Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen (Interview + Giveaway)

The third book with my seal of approval...

by Michelle A. Hansen
Young Adult - Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
  Published November 2013 by Priest Rapids Press

I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend's locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she's neck-deep in it with him, whatever "it" is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.

Add BEFORE THEY FIND US to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!
Before They Find Us was surprisingly an amazing mystery/thriller novel with a hint of romance. I reviewed it here on C&K last year. It's one of my favorite reads last year -- I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was fast-paced and thrilling. I suggest that y'all should read it!

 The author of BEFORE THEY FIND US, Michelle A. Hansen, gave me a chance to interview her. Check it out below:

1. How did you come up with the idea of Before They Find Us?
It all started with an attic door and a whacky news article. While I was living in Green River, Wyoming, our apartment had this funny looking attic door. Around the same time, I read an article about a guy in Japan who installed a hidden camera in his apartment after food went missing. He discovered a person living in his apartment. The hidden guest would come out when the owner was at work, eat, watch television, etc., then hide again before the man came home.

I starting wondering. What if it wasn’t a stranger? What if it was your best friend? What if he was hiding from the cops and knew he was safe in your house?

From there the story took off, changed and evolved into Before They Find Us.

2. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes and no. In elementary school I won the young author’s contest more years than not, but I never considered it as a career. I didn’t realize people actually made a living writing books. I chose education, and as I got into the trenches of high school and read young adult books, I was like, “I could write this.”

When I left the classroom in 2002, I began writing in earnest. I wrote and shelved five complete manuscripts while collecting piles of rejection letters. Before They Find Us was the story that got the most nibbles, but no bites. I’m glad I had the opportunity to publish it. I’ve always loved Ryan and Rebecca’s story.

3. What is the best part of being an author?
Sharing stories, plain and simple. I loved literature classes because I love to discuss books. Reading is only half the fun. The other half is talking about what you took away from the story. Everyone takes different things away from a book. I’ve read reviews where I was like, “Wait, are you sure you read the book I wrote?” The text is only have the fun. The reader brings their own experience and world view to the process. Each reader interprets the text differently. That is the beauty of story.

4. Are you going to publish any other novels soon?
I have several projects in the works, but nothing that is coming to print soon. I just finished my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which took two and a half years. I like to produce a book a year, but the MFA took so much time, I don’t have a book ready for 2015.

5. Recommend your book.
When her best friend is accused of setting off a bomb in his high school, Rebecca Hales vows to clear him, but when she realizes the bombing is linked to a crime she witnessed six years ago, uncovering the truth may mean losing her best friend and her heart along with him. 

Before they Find Us will appeal to readers who like romantic suspense and thriller. It’s the story of best friends falling in love while their lives hang in the balance. The story is one girl’s answer to the question, “How far would you go to save your best friend?”

To Michelle A. Hansen; thanks for letting me interview you. It was really an honor.

...WAIT! Don't go yet! There's more!

Get the chance to win a SIGNED copy of BEFORE THEY FIND US!
Open worldwide, ends on 2/5. If you do have questions, please free to contact me or check the giveaway policy.

Troglodyte forever,

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #16: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spinewhich spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!


Genre/s: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Expected Release Date: June 9th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

Add HELLO, I LOVE YOU to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!

Plus don't forget to pre-order
HELLO, I LOVE YOU via Amazon.


I saw a blogger tweet about this book late last year and when I saw the cover; I was like "I have a feeling that I need to read this book." Just look at that cover! Isn't it cute? Anyways, I'm not really into KPOP but I do know a few girl & boy KPOP bands because my cousins are big fans of KPOP and everything Korean. On the synopsis it says, "fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss." I haven't read AATFK and I think I don't have any plans on reading it, for now. I'm really hoping to read this book soon enough. Another contemporary novel that I'll be looking forward to read and I hope to enjoy this year. JUNE, BE HERE ALREADY!

To the gods and goddesses of ARCs; I wish to read this book before its publication. I really need to read it. Now. Thank you.

Troglodyte forever,

What book(s) are you eagerly anticipating? Let us know in the comment section below!